In their first friendly to be approved by FIFA Kosovo drew 0-0 with Haiti in difficult conditions in Mitrovica this afternoon.
|Conditions were difficult in Mitrovica|
Both teams struggled to get used to the boggy pitch during the early stages of the game, which were scrappy.
The Haitians were the first to generate a clear opening in the 27th minute but in a 4 on 3 situation Kervens Belfort's shot was blocked by Avni Pepa.
The hosts went straight up the other end and threatened, Albert Bunjaku only just beaten to Ilir Azemi's through ball by goalkeeper Dominique Jean-Zéphirin.
Kosovo were cranking up the pressure and had a great chance to take the lead just before the half hour mark.
Another fine Azemi pass found Shpëtim Hasani in space inside the box but the Örebro player, in an attempt to find Bunjaku, squared the ball straight to Mechack Jérôme.
Kristian Nushi fired over from distance before Azemi missed the best chance of the first half in the 38th minute.
Enis Alushi burst down the left wing and put in a dangerous ball which Bunjaku missed. However Hasani, at the back post, pulled the ball back for Azemi but the Greuther Fürth striker saw his effort superbly blocked by Frantz Bertin.
The second half, much like the start of the first period, began in a cagey fashion with few chances created by either team.
With less than 15 minutes to go substitute Faton Toski, who plays in the 2. Bundesliga with FSV Frankfurt, curled a free kick inches wide of the top corner of Jean-Zéphirin's goal.
With both sides making a number of substitutes the game eventually died out though Jean-Eudes Maurice tested Samir Ujkani in the 89th minute.
Liridon Krasniqi went close at the other end in stoppage time but the non-FIFA side will ultimately be happy with a draw, as will new Haiti manager Marc Collat who could easily have lost his first game in charge.
Feasibly the Kosovars could be in action again this year. Albania, who only have one game lined up during the May/June international break, would be the most realistic option.
Match information -
Score: Kosovo 0 -0 Haiti
Kosovo XI: Ujkani; Pepa [Rexhepi 65'], Sadiku [Krasniqi 71'], Hasani, Raskaj; Perdedaj, Nushi, Gashi, Alushi; Bunjaku [Toski 71']; Azemi [Kastrati 57']